Top 10 List
The 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft concludes Saturday with rounds 11-50 taking place this afternoon. On Friday, the Nationals completed the first 10 rounds of selections, snagging eight amateur players to join their second-round selection Jake Johansen, who was taken on Thursday night. Here is a brief overview of the first 10 rounds of Washington’s latest draft class.
RD. PICK NAME POS. HT. WT. B-T SCHOOL
2 68 Jake Johansen RHP 6’6” 235 R-R Dallas Baptist
3 105 Drew Ward 3B 6’4″ 210 L-R Leedy (OK) HS
4 136 Nicholas Pivetta RHP 6’5″ 210 R-R New Mexico JC
5 166 Austin Voth RHP 6’2″ 210 R-R U. Washington
6 196 Cody Gunter 3B 6’3″ 195 L-R Grayson Cnty (TX) JC
7 226 James Yezzo 1B 6’1″ 190 L-R U. Delaware
8 256 David Napoli LHP 5’10” 180 R-L Tulane (LA)
9 185 Jake Joyce RHP 6’0″ 185 R-R Virginia Tech
10 316 Brennan Middleton SS 6’0″ 185 R-R Tulane (LA)
Check out our detailed report of Johansen, who took no time at all in becoming the first player of the draft class to sign with the club. In the meantime, here’s more on some other notable names on the list. Drew Ward is a unique case, having graduated high school early to make himself Draft eligible after what would have been his junior year. Already 6’4”, 210 pounds at just 18 years of age, the Oklahoma University commit is the highest position player selected by Washington this year.
The Nationals also selected a pair of junior college pitchers as well as a pair of Tulane University teammates on the second day of the Draft. But perhaps the player who stands out the most from the college ranks is seventh-rounder James Yezzo, a left-handed hitting first baseman who becomes the first player selected out of the University of Delaware since 2010. Yezzo led the Colonial Athletic Conference in a host of offensive categories on his way to Conference Player of the Year honors and a first-team All-American selection by Louisville Slugger.
The 2013 First-Year Player Draft concludes Saturday night while the Nationals are taking on the Twins.